Josh Curran is vying to go where only one warrior has gone before him, but now his home state dreams have run into a hindrance.
Josh Curran will miss a month of footy due to a knee injury, questioning his shock offer to become the New Zealand Warriors’ second NSW Origin player.
In March, Blues manager Brad Fittler named Curran as a requiem for this year’s series, having been impressed with his successful season last year and its start in 2022.
“You just have to love his attitude. He’s a real competitor and that’s what you want, ”Fittler told Channel 9.
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Curran’s versatility also makes him an attractive potential Origin client: the 22-year-old is capable of playing on the edge or in the middle as a striker, so it seemed like an opportunity to trap a seat on the Blues bench.
But it now seems highly unlikely that Curran will make his Origin Race 1 debut on June 8. The Warriors revealed on Friday that Curran’s knee injury against Melbourne Storm on Anzac Day would keep him out for the rest of the month.
Curran missed last week’s close win over the Canberra Raiders and scans have now confirmed he suffered a high-grade MCL injury.
“Hopefully he will be able to return against Manly Warringah on June 4,” the Warriors said in a statement.
The players will be heading to their home state camp around the time Curran recovers from his injury, but given that the Warrior won’t have played in the six weeks leading up to Game 1, he looks like he’s likely to make the cut.
Curran is vying to become only the second man in history to represent NSW while playing for the Warriors.
Only Ryan Hoffman wore the blue shirt while he was under contract with the club.
Only six warriors have played State of Origin, with Kevin Campion, PJ Marsh, Steve Price, Brent Tate and Jacob Lillyman all in suit for Queensland.
Originally published as The injury casts doubt on Josh Curran’s shocking offer about the state of origin